KCC students to offer preview of Hawai‘i wear

PUHI — The public is invited to a free fashion show Wednesday at the Kaua‘i Community College cafeteria, said Nelson Batalion, president of the Kaua‘i Community College student government.

Doors to the event open at noon and will feature not only KCC students, but community professionals as well, Batalion said.

“We have people from the fire department and some police officers joining the students in showing off some of professional wear,” Batalion said. “Students from the nursing department will also be part of the show with career wear as well.”

University of Hawai‘i logowear has always been a popular item at the KCC Bookstore, and with the discontinuance of the showcase at the Lihu‘e Airport, the fashion show offers the public an opportunity to view the latest offerings while enjoying reasonably priced lunch from the KCC cafeteria.

“The football team isn’t doing so well, but anything that says ‘Hawai‘i’ on it is a hit on the Mainland,” one shopper said. “This might be where I can do my holiday shopping in one place.”

Batalion said in addition to showing off the latest in UH logowear, the event is an opportunity to showcase the students who were also willing participants in the lunchtime event.

Mel Bacio, of the KCC Culinary Department, said there are no special plans for the lunch menu that day, but will make sure there’s enough to take care of people’s appetites.

Nikki Lucidarme, one of the culinary department staff members, said her son Sova will also be a part of the show, his part being to showcase Hawai‘i logowear that is available in keiki and children sizes.

“He was part of it last year and totally loved it,” she said. “He’ll definitely be back.”

Batalion said the fashion show is just one of several projects the students are working on.

In January, they will be featuring a College Awareness Concert which will also be free.

“Our goal is to attract more high school students and have them think about continuing their education beyond high school,” said John Constantino of the KCC Student Services.

More details on that free concert will be forthcoming as the event draws closer.

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